Rev. Simpson Coriolan
À propos de moi
J’ai pris naissance à Port-au-Prince, Haïti des parents Paul Coriolan et Marie Jeanne Lise Michel. J’ai passé toute mon enfance et mon adolescence à Port-au-Prince.
J’ai fait mes études primaires à l’école Sainte Trinité de l’église épiscopale d’haiti, mes études secondaires au collège Saint Pierre de l’église épiscopale d’haïti, ma maîtrise en théologie au Seminario Episcopal del Caribe de Porto Rico, mes études en Sociologie à la faculté d’Ethnologie d’haïti, mes études en coopératives au centre de Dr Legrand Bijou à Port-au-Prince et ma formation en CPE à l’hopital Hackensack dans le New Jersey et à l’hopital San Lucas de Rio Piedras à Porto Rico.
J’étais ordonné Diacre le 29 Septembre 1974 et Prêtre le 22 Mai 1975. En haïti, J’ai travaillé tant en villes qu’en montagnes, où j’ai dû me rendre à dos de mûle ou de cheval.
Après le séisme dû 12 Janvier 2010, qui a tué ma soeur et détruit tout ce que je possédais , j’ai dû élire domicile aux USA et plus précisément à Philadelphia , où j’ai rencontré le Rév. Père Paul DeWitt Reid, qui est d’un grand support pour mon équilibre psychosomatique.
I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Paul Coriolan and Marie Jeanne Lise Michel. I spent all my childhood and adolescence in Port-au-Prince.
I did my primary studies at the Holy Trinity School of the Episcopal Church of Haiti, my secondary studies at Saint Peter’s College of the Episcopal Church of Haiti, my master’s degree in theology at the Seminario Episcopal del Caribe in Puerto Rico , My studies in Sociology at the Faculty of Ethnology of Haiti, my studies in cooperatives in the center of Dr. Legrand Bijou in Port-au-Prince and my training in CPE at Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey and in the hospital San Lucas from Rio Piedras to Puerto Rico.
I was ordained Deacon on September 29, 1974 and Priest on May 22, 1975. In Haiti, I worked both in cities and in mountains, where I had to go to the back of a mule or a horse.
After the earthquake of January 12, 2010, which killed my sister and destroyed everything I owned, I had to take up residence in the USA and more precisely in Philadelphia, where I met the Rev. Father Paul DeWitt Reid, who is a great support for my psychosomatic balance.
Homily by Rev. Simpson, Third Sunday in Lent
March 19, 2017
Give me some water
What this means for you when someone ask you for some water, because here in America we can choose the kind of water we want to drink. We never have a lack of water. But, I can understand better than you this situation, because in Haiti, my country, sometimes people are thirsty, but they haven’t even a glass of water to drink, thirst is really hard.
When Israel was in its journey to the promised land, the people couldn’t appreciate Moses’s accomplishment. They ignored the freedom they were enjoying and the end of slavery in Egypt. They emphasized the lack of water and did not want to assume responsibility for what was happening. How many of us don’t look at what we have, instead always complaining about what is missing. It’s almost as if, when something is missing, something bad is happening, God is responsible, God is absent, God is not in our midst.
Jesus invitation is for us to get outside of our comfort zone to be the members of his body. We are not members of his body to box, fight and quarrel with our arms and feet. We are members of Jesus’s body to go around the world and bring his word of relief, grace and salvation for all. We are not faced with the obligation to question, put God to the test, figure out all God’s ways. We are called to change. The Samaritan woman was called to change and responded to it with hesitation. She choose to defend herself and lied about her life. This is deeply human and the temptation we are all faced with. But with Jesus, we had better be who we are. To receive grace, we had better acknowledge our sins. We can’t fool God, faking is not among the options.
For example, the group of women who are expressing their gratitude by supporting education in Sierra Leone, they are working diligently to quench the thirst for education of many girls otherwise would not be able to get educated. This Anglican women respond to Jesus call: “Give me some water.”
On this third Sunday of Lent, let us come before God, standing beside those with their back on the wall, to ask Jesus for some water, water that can clean us inward out, water than can quench our thirst for justice and peace. Remember that running after food and materials wealth might be the normal temptation. But Jesus said: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and complete his work.” Our satisfaction is to get the work done, not to please everyone.
So, brothers and sisters in Christ, let always prepare ourselves and get ready to give some water to all who are still thirsty, one way to another.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.